Billy Corgan took a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland’s Frontierland last Thursday, and he���s getting a lot of press for it.
A photo of the Smashing Pumpkins guitarist glumly riding the children’s amusement park roller coaster was shared online and proceeded to go viral. In it, Corgan is seen holding onto the car’s safety bar with both hands and looking either scared or nauseous.
“Despite all his rage, he is still just a somber middle-aged man holding onto the safety bar of a rollercoaster deemed safe for unsupervised children ages 7 and up,” wrote Esquire in a post that made numerous wry references to Smashing Pumpkins songs.
Apparently, the Magic Kingdom holds a warm spot in Corgan’s heart. Earlier this year, he referenced Disneyland when explaining the difficulties of listening to music as a musician rather than as a music fan.
“It’s part of the problem of being a songwriter. Once you go there you hear every song from the point of view of how the songwriter that you’re listening to is engaging you,” he told Loudwire.
“It's a little bit like going to Disneyland and looking at all of the rides from the perspective of the construction as opposed to joy. I don’t know. It’s hard for me to listen to songs clearly anymore. I feel like that ship has sailed a long time ago.”
The Smashing Pumpkins are currently promoting their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, on tour with Marilyn Manson, where we imagine Corgan is enjoying greater thrills than he could at Disneyland.